That great white myth – the Afrikaner masculine identity.
[For Jacques Pauw.]
“Pistorius was born without fibula bones into this obsessive and well-resourced sporting culture. He had his legs amputated as a baby, but his tough Afrikaner family treated that almost as a detail.” Simon Kuper in The Financial Times.
“The Blade Runner, the Afrikaner hero, the man who had taken on the world and won, seemed to have realised the full horror of what he had done. It was a terrible moment, one of utter despair, as if his demons had finally overtaken him.” Justin Cartright. The Telegraph.
“This was just one of the historical intrigues in the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Before the eyes of millions, a Zulu judge raised in a township presided over two Afrikaner lawyers and a wealthy Afrikaner accused. ” David Smith. The Guardian.
“Young Afrikaner men are brought up in the Calvinist religion believing that they own a woman, they own a child, they own everything and therefore they can take that life because they own it.” Former Minister of Women, Children, and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana during an interview with the Australian news channel ABC News.
“Black South African men are expected to prove their manliness by carrying knives and having lots of girlfriends …White Afrikaners like Pistorius do not need to have several girlfriends. But his love of guns speaks to the same hunger to prove his masculinity in the South African context … Afrikaner men are very patriarchal and within that culture gun ownership is seen as part of masculinity.” Professor Rachel Jewkes director of the health and gender unit at the South African Medical Research Council in The Observer.
“Rooi nek, botter bek, vrot spanspek, val jou vrek. Sê vir jou ma dis ek.” Childish, rhyming, xenophobic verbal abuse chanted more-over by English-speaking school children against Afrikaans speakers. More evident in South Africa before the country became a democracy in 1994.